Thanks a lot for checking out the site.  I’ve wanted to do this for a long time.  I’ve been in magic for over 30 years, and I figure I have a few things to say.  So I’ll be using this place to review books, DVDs, tricks, magicians, conventions, and throw around some thoughts, opinions, and ideas.  I hope you enjoy it.

For more information about me, keep reading…

At the age of 13, Ruben Padilla walked into a magic shop and never looked back. That shop was Magicians’ World in San Diego, California, and it was managed by Brad Burt.  Three years later, he ran Magicians’ World’s magic school and two years after that, his family bought the shop from owner Chuck Martinez (he was the genius who first published all of Paul Harris’s early works).  The shop remained open until 1987.

Ruben began his academic teaching career in San Diego with The Playwrights Project, an organization that teaches students how to write dramatic plays, culminating in a performance by professional actors. He stayed with the Playwrights Project for eight years before coming to Los Angeles, where he continued teaching for another, similar company that puts on plays featuring the students as actors.

Three years later, he joined forces with Master Teacher Tonyo Melendez and created a new academic program (Learning is M.A.G.I.C.)  that celebrates learning and engages students with the powerful magic of their own experiences. This time, students explore their individual characters, learn about conflict resolutions in their everyday lives, discover accessible techniques that they can apply in school, and realize the empowering goal of positive self-expression. The name of the company is an acronym for what Ruben believes learning should be:  Making a plan, Acting without fear, Growing as a person, Imagining without limits, and Commitment to Excellence.  You can visit the website here.

Ruben is also a writer. He currently writes screenplays, and spent two years as Story Analyst to Academy Award Winning writer and director Cameron Crowe (Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous). He was also the Personal Assistant and script consultant for actor Matthew Fox (“Lost”). In addition, he’s continued his passion for magic as a professional magician and is a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians and The Magic Castle.

On Wednesday nights, you can find Ruben at Story Salon, Los Angeles’s oldest Storytelling venue.

As an actor, he’s appeared in many plays and has performed at such prestigious theatres as the Old Globe Theatre and the San Diego Repertory Theatre.

He performs close-up, sleight of hand, stand-up, mentalism, comedy, and children’s magic.  He collects rare and exclusive props and has a vast magic library.

Ruben currently resides in Los Angeles with his girlfriend, writer/producer Carrie Specht (She runs the popular website, ClasicFilmSchool.com)  Ruben is most proud of his role as “Daddy” to his amazing son, Knight.

You can reach him at Ruben@Learning-is-magic.com